Pats DE Jones hopes to help new group of rookies

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 2, 2013 at 5:26 pm •  Published: May 2, 2013

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Chandler Jones can't believe how quickly his first NFL season went with the New England Patriots.

Now last year's first-round draft pick from Syracuse wants to help the new group of rookies who open minicamp Friday.

"It happened very fast," Jones said Thursday. "I posted it on my Twitter about my anniversary of being here on April 26. It's crazy."

The defensive end met briefly with outside linebacker Jamie Collins, the Patriots' top pick this year who posed at midfield with a No. 1 jersey alongside owner Robert Kraft and his son, Jonathan, the team president.

"I feel like it's fresh in my mind because it just happened," Jones said. "So, every question that he has or whatever difficulty that I had, I'm definitely going to share that to him."

After trading their first-round pick to Minnesota, the Patriots selected Collins from Southern Mississippi with the 52nd choice last week. New England also picked Marshall wide receiver Aaron Dobson (59th overall), Rutgers cornerback Logan Ryan (83rd), Rutgers safety Duron Harmon (91st), TCU wide receiver Josh Boyce (102nd), Illinois defensive end-linebacker Michael Buchanan (226th) and Rutgers linebacker Steve Beauharnais (235th).

"Being a rookie, especially being a first-round draft pick, you come in there and you don't want to make any mistakes. You're nervous about going into every single drill," Jones said. "Now, my second year in the NFL, I kind of try to lead, be the first one at every drill and just try to be a leader."

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